“What the president is doing now is an incremental policy leading toward de jure independence,” he said.
Ma said the Bush administration was unwise to accept Chen’s decision on the unification council with only a mild reaction.
But Ma, citing his training as a lawyer, said the Chinese word Chen used in fact means “terminate,” which does imply a change in the status quo. In addition, he said, no matter what the language, Chen’s decision to stand up and announce the end of an official symbol of willingness to get along with China amounted to provocation.
“The U.S. side looks a little gullible,” he said.[/quote]